The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Gerry Brown a.k.a. Gerry Brown Cluth
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Subiaco, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Henry Adolph Kluth
- Mothers's Name:
- Matilda Brown (mother died 14 days after child birth)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Labourer and Professional Cyclist
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 49, Age 23.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- 4/6003 & 8761
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Kanu ll
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 12, KanuI II .
Gerry had been competitive cyclist prior to enlisting.
As one of the below notices state Gerry lived at Wiluna 700 miles north-east of Perth. He had never seen the sea or a tram until recently (ie until travelling to competitions.)
Following enlistment Gerry was Taken on Strength to Woodside Camp, SA on 5th October 1941. He had been placed in ‘D’ Coy No. 14 Platoon.
He was imprisoned as POW at Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi from where he was selected to work on the Thai-Burma Railway with ‘D’ Force, S Battalion.
Whilst working at Kanu II Camp Gerry contracted Cholera and died on 5th July 1943 at the age of 23 years. Whilst in the cholera camp Gerry was next to another 2/4th soldier, Jim Gilmour. Jim miraculously survived his Cholera attack and years later returned home to his family.
Plaque at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 49
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand